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BREAKING: Kano Tribunal Sacks Gov Yusuf, Declares APC Winner

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The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election.

Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While Nasir Gawuna, his APC rival congratulated him, the party proceeded to court.

The Kano Election Petition tribunal sitting in Kano has declared Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as winner of the 2023 Gubernatorial election following the confirmation of votes considered by the Tribunal as invalid.

It could be recalled that during the 2023 Gubernatorial Election, INEC has declared that the NNPP Gubernatorial Flag bearer, Mallam Abba Kabir Yusuf has scored a total votes of 1,019,602 against Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of APC who scored a total votes of 809,705 which eventually made Abba Kabir Yusuf officially the Governor.

Dissatisfying with the result, the All Progressives Congress leadership in Kano took the decision to challenge the result in Kano for what it believed as a flawed election.

Delivering the 7 hour judgement, via zoom, the presiding Tribunal judge, Justice Oluyemi A. Osadebay said the petitioner has proven the allegation the invalidity of some of the votes cast on the ground that the election was not in compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2022, and therefore ordered that the invalid votes wrongly credited to Abba Kabir Yusuf be expunged from those counted and added to the petitioner.

Justice Osadebay consquently ordered INEC to set aside the certificate of return earlier issued to Abba Kabir Yusuf and be presented to Alhaji Yusuf Gawuna having satisfied the requirements of provided in the electoral process.

Earlier the Tribunal has averred that eventhough the issue of membership of a contestant is a constitutional matter and party affairs, affirming that Abba Kabir has not followed the required procedures of becoming a full plegde party member.

that Respondent was not qualified to contest the election affirming that his name was not in members of New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP

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  1. Magatakardan Kazaure, Musa A. Kazaure

    September 25, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Though we are not learned in law, but as lay men, this is the most absurd and ridiculous Court judgement I have ever read! The Tribunal has gone out of the ordinary to vent its sentiments on the Defence! It is an emotion laden judgement which should not be the case! Any judge who openly expresses sentiments in the dispensation of justice is not qualified to issue an impartial judgement! In the interest of Justice and the need to protect the image of the Judiciary, I recommend that the Chief Justice of the Federation should either reconstitute another Tribunal to hear the APC’s petition on the Kano State Gubernatorial election or allow the Status Quo to remain. My other recommendation is a far reaching suggestion that calls for the Amendment of the Electoral Law such that where electoral malpractices are challenged in a Court of Law and such are proven beyond reasonable doubt to be true, the Courts should be barred from declaring who wins or who lost since it is not an Electoral Body charged with the conduct of elections. The ultimate of what the Court order should be, is to dissolve the disputed election and order the Electoral Body to conduct fresh elections. This strategic solution would minimise corruption and deepen our democracy!

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